New to this year’s Blue Plum Festival is the Chalk Art Celebration. Artists of all levels are encouraged to participate in the decoration of Founder’s Park’s sidewalks on Saturday, June 3.
This is an opportunity for local artists to show off a bit of their identity and leave their color on the stepping stones of Blue Plum. Artists are welcome to create an original work, recreate a classic, draw a 3D perception alteration, model a cartoon, or anything else that the right hemisphere of their brains can dream up. All artists should be mindful of children viewers and any inappropriate drawings or advertisements will be washed away. Remember, Blue Plum is the Friendliest Festival in the South.
There are four categories of entry: Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12, Emerging Level, and Established Level. The entry fee for Grades 5-8 and 9-12 is $10, and entrants will be provided a set of 24 pastel chalks, the cash prize for the winner chosen in each of these levels is $50. The entry fee for emerging and established levels is $15, they will be provided with 48 chalks and the cash prize for the winner in each of these categories is $100.
Sidewalk painting draws inspiration from a 16th century art form developed in Italy where individuals called madonnari traveled between festivals and decorated the sidewalks along their journey. Quite often, the madonnari lived solely from the donations of street patrons that would toss coins for the artists. While this tradition is coming to Johnson City, this year at Blue Plum, the heads of the artists who participate are safe from the danger of thrown coins and helmets are not necessary for the Chalk Art Celebration.
The tradition of sidewalk art holds power and virtue as something that is rarely noticed is given vibrancy and a beauty. Sidewalk art is a reminder that the path we walk can truly be beautiful as we approach a bright future in Johnson City. We hope this thought can help inspire this year’s artists in this year’s theme for the Chalk Art Celebration – A Bright Future.
Space is limited and online registration is available at blueplum.org. Same day registration for the event is available (providing there is space still available) Saturday, June 3 at 8:30 am on the large lawn at Founder’s Park and the event itself will begin at 9 am. Artists must finish at 4pm at which time judging will commence.
The Chalk Art Celebration is sponsored by Masterpiece Mixers in Johnson City. For more information go to blueplum.org.